Busy busy busy...last week I attended the Border Queen Book Festival, signed and sold a bunch of books and met some great folks in Comanche, Oklahoma. Once I returned, I had hopes of making further progress on the WIP, but instead spent more attention on the OWFI conference than anticipated. Really there's nothing of grave concern, just answering questions and dealing with this-and-that such as confirming details with the hotel.
JA Jance, our keynote speaker for the Friday May 2nd evening banquet, will now have a stand-alone book signing prior to that evening's dinner, since she's unable to attend our mass-signing-event the next day. Both Ms Jance's and the mass-signing will be open to the public.
Although the official conference hotel is sold out (and has been for several weeks) there are several others available--some within a short walk of the Reed Center in Midwest City, OK. Interest continues to rise, and all the tote bags and suchlike have been ordered. If it proves true to form as in year's past, many folks wait to register until these couple of weeks before the conference so I expect a rush as we get closer. Our conference venue can accomodate over 500 and so this year, we have not limited registrations for the first time in several years.
The 27 speakers include 5 agents (Meredith Bernstein, Doris Booth, Ann Hawkins, Rita Rosenkranz, Jim Donovan Agency) 7 editors (Avalon Books, Samuel French, St. Martin's Press, Grand Central Publishing, Baen Books, Charlesbridge Press, Highlights for Children) plus over a dozen best-selling authors:
AC Crispin, Kathryn Johnson, CJ Lyons, Nancy Robinson Masters, Bob Mayer, Jason Pinter, Dan Poynter, Marcia Preston, Debrah Williamson, Rebecca York and others.
Next week on April 15 (tax day, ai-yi-yi!), I'll travel to Oklahoma City to meet with the conference hotel and finalize a few more things. Ya know, it's very much like the final weeks of rehearsing a big-old musical--I've done my share of those!--and we're coming up to tech week when all the plans of sets, lights, sound, blocking, orchestra, acting and lines come together (or fall apart!). It's the make-or-break point when you know if you've got a crowd-pleasing show that'll wow 'em and demand a standing-O . . .
Or if you've wasted your rehearsal time cuz the director's vision sucked.
It's exactly the same, only different. (inside joke, folks...couldn't resist)
Well, there comes a time in every rehearsal/show when the director loses control of the on-stage action and has to trust that preparation will carry things through to a success. I'm nearly at that point with OWFI. The stage is set, the paint dry, blocking rehearsed, lines learned, only a few nip-and-tucks left to fit final costumes before the overture plays and the curtain goes up.
Tickets are on sale now...at www.owfi.org ....y'all come!
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)